Universal health:
Investing in Health and Wellbeing for All

June 29-30th 2015
Radison BLU Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia

The main aim of this conference, which will be held under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is to identify strategies to harness citizen participation to create efficient, equitable European health systems

The conference is ‘by invitation’ only:


Topics will include:

Investing in Efficient European Health Systems which Prevent Disease
Ensuring Improved Health Outcomes and Reduced Inequalities
Developing Systems for People Centred and Sustainable Health Service Delivery


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Press Release

PRESS RELEASE The Riga Roadmap sets out an Action Plan for EU and National Policy Makers to Deliver Sustainable, Equitable and Participatory European Health Systems (31st August 2015 – Brussels): European health stakeholders are [...]

An action plan to bring patient-centred healthcare to life

23rd June 2015

The Universal Health Conference in Riga next week will build on the core principles of the Vilnius Declaration and scope out common ground where Member States can work together and support each other in the design and implementation of robust and resilient ‘all of life’ health and care services.

Consult and involve citizens to create more effective and sustainable healthcare services

23rd June 2015

Many would claim patients already are the centre of attention in our health systems. But for the most part, this is as passive recipients of care. It is time to end the lip service and support patients to be active partners in managing their own health and to start assessing quality of health services in terms of outcomes, not activity.

Interview with Zsuzsanna Jakab: Make healthcare systems serve the interests of the people

23rd June 2015

The Vilnius Declaration established a broad consensus around key areas for attention in reshaping Europe’s healthcare systems to face the future. This has spurred progress, but further effort is required in reorienting systems to focus on non-communicable diseases and the requirements of an elderly population, says Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

Interview with Christoph Stoller: How pharma can contribute to ensuring health systems are sustainable and inclusive

23rd June 2015

The pharma industry, with its close relationships to patients, clinicians and payers can play a pivotal role in promoting future efficiency of health systems, says Christoph Stoller, Senior Vice President Generics and Commercial Operations, Europe at Teva. The contribution will reach well beyond supplying medicines.


Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Health
Guntis Belēvičs
Minister of Health
Government of Latvia
Zsuzsanna Jakab
WHO Regional Director for Europe

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